Day 12 - Pauses for Lent - Bread


“Give us this day our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11
It never ceases to amaze me how often Jesus talks and teaches us using analogies and stories related to bread and water.  He talks about our natural needs and how hunger and thirst are affected by our condition—both physical and spiritual.
Depending upon the source, experts estimate that over 10% of the world’s population--over 800 million people--suffer from chronic undernourishment. In recent years, this conversation has shifted closer to home as we have begun talking about food deserts that exist within our own country and communities where people do not have affordable access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy whole foods. Not surprisingly, these deserts exist primarily in our impoverished communities.
I have been fortunate in my life where I have never truly been without food. Whenever one of our sons utters the phrase “I’m starving!,” my wife or I are quick to correct their confusing momentary hunger with actual starving.
However, there is a hunger and a longing for which I am familiar. It is the reminder of my need for the redeeming love of Jesus and the sustenance that he provides to us daily for our journey.  I am so thankful that each Sunday, I am invited back to the communion table where I am remined of the gifts that God has provided for us just when we need it.
James Mason attends Wells Memorial UMC in Jackson and works at the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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